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Australia Awards

Supporting you to support your country

The Australia Awards are long-term training scholarships open to students from countries with which Australia has a development partnership.

There are three kinds of Australia Award:

  • Australia Awards Scholarships
  • Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships
  • Australia Awards Fellowships

The University of Sydney has a contract with the Australian Government to administer the Australia Awards Scholarships. Our Australia Awards Unit manages this contract and monitors and assists our Australia Awards students on campus.

Australia Awards Scholarships are a highly valued form of development cooperation between Australia and partner countries with which Australia has a bilateral aid program.

This program gives partner countries the opportunity to strengthen their human resource capacity by offering scholarships to people within key institutions to undertake tertiary studies in Australia in areas relevant to the country's development needs.

Scholarships are primarily for postgraduate study. However, a limited number of undergraduate scholarships are available in specific countries. Applicants need to satisfy both the general eligibility criteria and specific criteria established for each country

Further information

For more information about Australia Awards, including the scholarship benefits, visit our student website.

For details on the application process and country-specific eligibility criteria, visit the Australia Awards website.


Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships provide opportunities for people from some developing countries to study at selected education institutions outside Australia.

The purpose of the scholarships is for people to gain knowledge and skills that will help the development of their home country.

For details, please visit the Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships website.

Australia Awards Fellowships aim to develop leadership, address priority regional development issues, and build partnerships and links between Australian organisations and their partner organisations in developing countries in these regions:

  • Asia-Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Caribbean
  • Africa
  • Middle East

Australia Awards Fellowships do not lead to academic qualifications. Instead, they are designed to provide short-term opportunities for study, research and professional attachment programs in Australia, delivered by Australian organisations, to nominated fellows from eligible countries.

DFAT is currently reviewing the Australia Awards Fellowships program. As a result, we will not offer a fellowships round in 2019.

For details on future implementation, please visit the Australia Awards Fellowships website.

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Australia Awards

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